Rob Roy stadium plans up in the air?

Kirkintilloch Rob Roy Adamslie Park 5.2.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Kirkintilloch Rob Roy Adamslie Park 5.2.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

PLANS for a new state-of-the art stadium for Kirkintilloch Rob Roy are going back to the drawing board, it appears.

The club has parted company with project manager Colin Smith.

He has been replaced with Jim Gilmour, chairman of the Lennoxtown Initiative, and new lawyers have been appointed.

Rob Roy want to build a new stadium in Luggie Park.

Their earlier plans to build a facility in the Hayston area of Kirkintilloch were stalled because part of the complex encroached on the River Kelvin floodplain.

The club is now hopeful that new stadium can become a reality. General secretary Charles O’Brien said: “It has been taking too long and we can’t afford to waste any more time.

“I’m sure the council could have told us a long time ago that the Hayston site was a no-go area.

“We have a new project manager and lawyers, so hopefully the plans can be taken this forward.

“Jim will be meeting the council with drawings to see what they can do with them. We’re getting started on a provisional planning application.”

He added: “We need to start earning an income. We’ve no social club and, bar what is coming through the gate, we have no other income.”

The club intends to replace the existing ash pitch with an enclosed 4G astrograss field - which would also be used by the community.

With a football pitch and car parking facility already in place at Luggie Park, Rob Roy also hope to include an indoor bowls area, a stand and pavilion.

Their car park at Adamslie has been sold to developers Turnberry Homes and key to the Luggie Park move is the sale of the club’s Adamslie Park ground.